Book DetailAuthor/Editor(s): Bruce Clements
Publication Date: April 8, 2009
Size: 6.04 MB
Book DescriptionFrom the San Diego wildfires to multi-drug-resistant strains of bacteria, communities are facing an ever-growing list of potential disasters. Some events, like pandemic flu or anthrax attacks, are public health emergencies first and foremost. Hurricane Katrina taught us, however, that lack of planning for the frail, elderly, and impoverished population can turn a natural disaster into a healthcare nightmare and lead to needless death and suffering. Emergency managers and public health professionals must integrate their prevention and response efforts to serve their communities most effectively.
The structure of each chapter offers an innovative approach to organizing key information:
1. Case Study or Historical Example
2. Disaster-specific Terms Defined
3. Disaster Description
4. Health Threat (Morbidity and Mortality)
6. Immediate Actions
7. Recovery or Managing the Aftermath
Disasters and Public Health is a crucial tool in planning for and responding to the health impact of any crisis situation. This book 'Disasters and Public Health: Planning and Response' guides planners in both disciplines in preventing tragedies by most effectively preparing and responding when disaster strikes.
Provides the nuts and bolts of preparedness which is only poorly presented in other texts.
--Gregory Evans, Director of the Institute for Bio-Security at the Saint Louis University School of Public Health